Saturday in the minors: Herrera struggles for Omaha, Blue Rocks sweep

Kelvin Herrera had a rough first game Saturday with Class AAA Omaha, which lost twice at New Orleans.

Omaha fell 5-4 in the second game, after dropping a 5-3 decision in the completion of a suspended game from May 1 to open the day.

In the nightcap, the Storm Chasers led 4-2 heading to the home half of the fourth, but the Zephyrs scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the game, which was scheduled for seven innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Donnie Joseph gave up a leadoff single and a stolen base, but came back to get a strikeout.

Herrera, who was sent to Omaha on Thursday, entered and issued a walk to put runners on first and second. After a passed ball allowed the runners to move up a base, Herrera intentionally walked Kevin Mattison and loaded the bases.

After getting a strikeout for the second out, Herrera gave up an RBI single and that was enough to give New Orleans the win.

Third baseman Johnny Giavotella had two hits for the Storm Chasers as did right fielder Anthony Seratelli, whose average is up to .331.

In the opener, Nate Adcock took over for Chris Dwyer, who originally started the May 1 game but threw just six pitches before the game was suspended. Adock gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked three and uncorked three wild pitches.

Johnny Giavotella, who played at second base, had two hits, including a solo homer in the seventh ining. Irving Falu and first baseman Xavier Nady also collected a pair of hits.

Class AAA Omaha

Kyle Smith and Sam Selman picked up victories as High-A Wilmington swept a doubleheader at Myrtle Beach.

Selman allowed just one run on two hits in five innings as the Blue Rocks won the nightcap 3-1. Wilmington collected 11 hits, walked five times and won the first game 8-3.

Smith, the Royals’ No. 12 prospect in Baseball America’s rankings, gave up three unearned runs in the first inning of the opener but didn’t let it bother him. Smith struck out six and gave up five hits as his ERA dropped to 2.06.

Second baseman Justin Trapp was three for five with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. Designated hitter Jared Schlehuber had two hits and three RBIs, while third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

Center fielder Lane Adams had two hits and scored twice. First baseman Daniel Mateo walked twice and scored twice.

In the second game, Selman walked just two and struck out six as his ERA fell to 4.91. In his last two starts, Selman has given up two runs in 10 innings, while striking out 12 and walking three. A left-hander, Selman was the Royals’ second-round pick in last year’s draft and is the team’s sixth-rated prospect by Baseball America.

Wilmington scored its runs in the fifth inning on Trapp’s RBI triple and a two-run, two-out single by Cuthbert.

Low A Lexington

In just his second game with the Legends, first baseman Mark Donato went four for four and walked as Lexington won 6-0 at Hagerstown.

Donato, the Royals' 26th-round pick in last year’s, received a 50-game suspension from the commissioner's office last summer after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Starter Bryan Brickhouse, 3-3, gave up three hits in seven innings with three walks and four strikeouts as his ERA dropped to 2.13.

The Legends pounded out 13 hits, and right fielder Fred Ford, catcher Jin-Ho Shin and shortstop Humberto Arteaga each had two hits. Center fielder Bubba Starling was one for three with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.